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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Comment

Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Special Sections

Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Letters to the Editor

Upgrade the Los Altos Senior Center

We ask the mayor and city council to initiate upgrades to the Los Altos Senior Center.  The aging facilities are in disrepair and in need of improvements to serve our community’s senior citizens.

A recent Los Altos City Council-commissioned survey ranked improvements to the Senior Center as respondents’ highest priority.

Past studies have suggested that a new Senior Center could be part of the Civic Center Master Plan. However, it is doubtful that approval of the plan will occur in the near future.

We believe a less ambitious approach is warranted.

Select improvements targeting the most deficient areas – restrooms, utilities, furniture, interior painting and flooring – could be accomplished immediately at modest expense.

We have a significant percentage of seniors in our community; they deserve a functional center.

Norbert and Catherine

Kordsmeier

Los Altos

Vibrancy not helping downtown doctor

My doctor has been told to leave his downtown office to make way for one of the new office/condo/underground parking projects.

He wanted to find a new office downtown, but everywhere he looked, the zoning did not allow for a doctor’s office.

This is a very busy doctor who has been generous enough to work with difficult-to-treat patients. He has to go elsewhere.

All this “vibrancy” everyone talks about is a pile of garbage if downtown Los Altos cannot accommodate a much-appreciated and much-needed doctor. I hope the city council reads this.

Cynthia Wain

Los Altos Hills

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